Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’

If you want the most ludicrous decisions in our justice system, one needs not look further than the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They have a history of overturning the most solid cases and letting stand the most outlandish, but their most recent ruling regarding the Stolen Valor Act is a total and complete farce.

If it is your freedom of speech to state that you are a war hero and have earned medals that you have never even been put in for then every American can put on their resume that they were President of this country. I can claim anything that I want and if my employer or anyone else tries to correct me I can claim violation of my rights. Can you be anymore absurd? The court claims that stating such things does not hurt anyone. What planet are they living on? Of course it hurts people, it hurts everyone. It hurt the other people trying to hold the same position, since normal people with common sense look at having earned the Medal Of Honor as showing something of  a person’s character and moral fortitude. Xavier Alvarez, stole the trust imparted in him by the people of Pomona, California, whom believed in him – – you CANNOT put a price or tangible quality on destroying someone’s trust. He limited the rights of ALL the citizens of Pomona from their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. If he lied about the Medal of Honor, what else did he lie about – – how poorly did he do his job? How has his lack of moral guidance and character effected the safety of the water that ALL citizens depend on in the city? How many people has he put in danger by his lying and deceit? How many other lies have yet to be found out?

The 2-1 majority that stated it was his constitutional right to state that he is someone that he is not have literally opened a flood gate. People charged with Identity Thief can now claim freedom of speech. People charge with fraud can also claim freedom of speech. And former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would have absolutely no criminal charges standing against him based on this decision.

The 9th US Circuit has proven once again that they are the laughing stock of the American Justice System.

Are the Democrats for real? Yes, they are!

If it were not so pathetic, it would be funny to see how long they continue to blame former President Bush for every negative in the world. To date they have blamed Bush for everything from terrorist attacks to natural disasters and now he is also to blame for them not getting their job done. The democrats need to change their slogan from a “Vote for Change” to “Its not our fault, its Bush’s.” Have the democrats ever really admitted that their policies lead to more debt and larger government? They stretch the Constitution beyond its breaking point to cover their whims without thought to the spirit of the founding fathers or the immigrants that settled and built this country into what it is.

This is supposed to be the land of opportunity not the land of debt and oppression. The government was to remain small so as to never become tyrannical, yet the democrats would have a government so large that even taking a piss would be monitored and regulated and reported on. It is amazing how convoluted current politicians have become with regards to the foundations of our government and their own self worth. Our political leaders are living proof that our education system here in this country is completely unbalanced and insufficient for producing productive citizens across the board so that our country can assume its rightful position to move the world forward instead of shrinking from our responsibility of making the world a better place. However, I am not sure which is the greater tragedy, the politicians that over-inflate their egos at the cost of the our country or the masses that blindly follow worthless leaders while discarding the precious rights that our founding fathers fought so valiantly for. We have become a fractured society where protecting ourselves is the major guiding influence for our actions instead of upholding the pillars that our fore-fathers set in place for our benefit. If not for their sacrifice none of us would have the freedoms that we currently enjoy and we show our gratitude not by insuring the preservation of these freedoms but by shrieking our duties to protect our fellow man. Considering this current mind set do we truly deserve to benefit from prior sacrifices?

There has been tits and tats in the news over the last couple days about who cost McCain the election. The answer to that is very apparent to anyone that is not so consumed with pouting and whining that it is almost absurd.

Palin did not cost McCain the election. Although, hind sight is 20/20, and analysis will say McCain should have done this or that, McCain did not lose the election. The RNP lost the election.

Let me say that again, so you can hear me over your whining.

THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL PARTY LOST THE ELECTION!

Yes, I said it was the Republican National Party that cost McCain the election. And the why is so petty and sniveling that it is more like reprimanding a bratty 2 year-old, than any deep, insightful analysis but the experts. For as much as the DNC was run by the extreme left this election, the RNP let the conservative, right-wing, Evangelical minority sabotage this election and it cost them big time. This may be the biggest blunder that the RNP has ever made.

The ultra-conservative, right-wing, Evangelicals were mad about Bush’s compassionate conservatism; it was too moderate, too liberal for them. This very loud minority of the party was only going to play this time if they got exactly what they wanted, even to the detriment of the nation as a whole. (So not one member of the extreme right of the party has one damn thing to cry about.) What a shame that this group of “Christians” is so selfish and short sighted and down right mean, that they could not support their party’s nomination for President. Looks like they missed a lot of Sunday School classes!!!

McCain would have been great for this country, he could have unified the majority of the population, he could have had the support of players from both sides of the aisle, he could have done the right thing in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, no the whiny little babies known as right-wingers wouldn’t look at the bigger picture. Still, McCain tried to unite the party and appease you whiny babies by putting a compromise player on his ticket and still you whined and would not be part of the team.

To all the members of the conservative, right-wing, Evangelical minority — you are the ones that cost McCain the election.

To the Republican National Party, you should NEVER allow such a minor group, no matter how loud they whine, to run your whole game — you lost the election for McCain.

Enough said on the blame game, now shut up and lets do what we can to prevent as much damage as possible under the Obama Administration!!! (I personally, do not want to see a socialist America and intend to do all that I can to stop it — what about you, do you have what it takes to man up?)

Here is what the Republican National Party needs to do;

1) stop being ultra conservatives – I don’t want or need you in my bedroom or my doctor’s office

2) stop name calling — let others’ actions define them

3) put the issues out in the public light — when you get back in session, make sure you create a transparent congress so that the masses can see what Obama’s really about

4) stick to your guns about fiscal conservatism — more taxes and larger government wont help us

5) leave the pork at home — let each issue get through on its merits and do not sell out the American people

6) listen to your constituents — this is still a representative government you are suppose to voice the desires of ALL those that elected you

7) support our troops — DO NOTHING THAT WILL SELL THEM OUT!!!!!!! ( I will be watching and telling)

8 ) support our veterans — do not forsake them for a civilian police whatever he is calling his ‘Big Brother’ machine or for welfare checks

9) remember your place — you are our first line of defense against becoming socialist

10) get to know your party members — most of us are not extreme right-wingers

There are citizens that are intelligent and thoughtful, we actually understand the true intent of the founding fathers in penning the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. If you have forgotten the words go back and re-read them. But let me point out some very meaningful lines for you here;

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

We the People — means ALL of us, not just a select few, remember that for the next election. If Obama doesn’t take away that right!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; …. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security

The safety and happiness applies to ALL citizens of the country, not just the ones that think and believe just like you. It is the right of ALL citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And my happiness can be different than yours. It is also EVERY citizens duty to ensure that government does not arbitrarily remove those rights from a citizen or group of citizens. We are not our brother’s keeper; but we are our brother’s protector.

Every American needs to remember that as citizens of the greatest nation on earth we have to right to ensure that She remains the greatest nation on earth. It is our duty to protect Her from tyranny, injustices and abuses. It is our responsibility to ensure Her continued democracy. In short it is our country and if we will not fight for Her, who will?

What is the Office of the President of the United States of America?

I propose that this question be asked of all candidates seeking the office. And if they cannot answer it and do so in one sentence then they should not be able to run for the office. And I think that it would add some humor into this lack-luster campaign season. However, if candidates ran for the office based on carrying out the true job of the office then all Presidential elections would be incredibly boring. That in itself would make the politics more interesting, but that is another blog for another day.

I have always wanted a candidate to step forward and say that their platform for office is to work with congress to see that the laws passed are fair, constitutional, based on the analysis of the Supreme Court, in the best interest of the citizens of this great nation and to execute said laws justly and efficiently. Any candidate that ran on that platform would have my vote.

Again we have the type of politics that we have with all the mud-slinging and empty promise making because candidates run on platforms that are not within the bounds of the Office of the President as laid out in the constitution. It is really simple — we have 3 branches of government that are equal but separate. We have the legislative branch or congress, which has the task of making the laws of the land, second we have the judicial branch or supreme court, which ensures that the laws passed are fair and constitutional, and lastly we have the executive branch or the president, whose job it is to run the government under the dictates of the other two branches. That is the basic layout of how things are suppose to work. Are there more details to it; yes, but this is the foundation of our government.

It is not up to the President to promise not to raise taxes, that is up to congress. It is not up to the president to make laws, that too is up to congress. It is not the president who decides if a law is constitutional, that is the supreme court’s job. Can the president suggest laws that congress take under consideration, yes. Can the president ask the supreme court if a law is constitutional, yes. Does the president provide information to assist congress and or the supreme court in their decision making, yes.

If we are serious about taking the corruption out of politics then we as citizens need to demand that our public officials do the job that our constitution lays out for them. We as the voting public need to know what their jobs are and we need to stop the candidates when they start down the campaign promise roads that do not follow the paths of the office that they seek. As long as we are ignorant to the actual jobs that public officials are to do then we cannot complain that our elected leaders are dishonest, corrupt, misleading, power hungry individuals with their own agendas. Because they are and we allowed it by listening to them and supporting them and not keeping them in line from the start.

The Supreme Court is going to hear District of Columbia v. Heller. In March, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned the ban on handguns in D.C., declaring the law unconstitutional. What is at stake is the interpretation of the Second Amendment, the right of individuals to bear arms.
I think this is an easy call. This is a clear case that it is so much easier for politicians to pass a law on paper and say that made things safer than to actually do the hard thing and tell voters that money has to come from somewhere to increase the manpower and abilities of law enforcement as well as over -hauling the corrections system of the country to actually rehabilitate those that can be and incarcerating those that cannot and executing the most heinous criminals in our midst. The Constitution guarantees us the right to bear arms. And this right is guaranteed for a very good reason, to protect the citizens of the country from the threat of a tyrannical government. Now there is an argument that we do not need that right anymore, but if we give up that right then which right should we give up next?
And the idea that we should limit the number and type of firearms that people have is also something that I am against. Again if we start limiting who can have what firearm then where do we draw the line? I have a very hard time with anything that infringes on individual rights. I do not believe in limiting freedom of speech or religion, even when I think that people abuse those rights. I do not believe in infringing on the protection of the 4th amendment against illegal search and seizures, not even in the wake of 9/11 and the GWOT. The thing that makes America great is our individual freedoms.
In regard to the argument about the 2nd Amendment, here is my stance—it is our right to own weapons so that if the need arises we are duty bound to act responsibly as citizens of this great nation and rise up against the tyrannical government and reestablish the government for the people by the people and of the people. If limits are placed on who can own what weapons and how many and when and where then we are shrugging our responsibility as citizens of this country to stand guard against any injustice committed against any individual of this country by the government or agents of the government. If we allow the slow methodical disarming of our citizens then there will be nothing to stand against unjust actions of the government. Yes the pen can be mightier than the sword, however sometimes you have to use the sword to back up the pen.
Now there is an argument that we need gun control/bans to prevent murder. No, if someone is going to commit murder than they are not concerned about obeying the law. And no matter what bans you put on firearms there will always be a black market that will provide the supply of weapons that are needed by criminals. Banning weapons does not significantly reduce the number of murders and violent crimes. The basic reason is that criminals are just that criminals and do not obey laws so all that such laws do is impose undue hardship on the law abiding citizens of our country.
If we are truly interested in making our streets safer from violent crimes then we need to start at ground level. The leaders of communities need to promote community involvement and awareness. And when a crime is committed anyone that has any information should come forward and help law enforcement bring those persons responsible to the courts. To ensure that law enforcement is capable of this, we need to make sure that we have the best law enforcement officers at every level. We need to make sure that they are the best trained and equipped and that they perform their jobs above reproach. They need to be compensated to the standard that we wish to achieve in their performance. At the level of the courts we need to push to have plea bargains taken off the table for repeat offenders. We need to see that the judges sentence each person convicted based on their expertise to what will provide the best chance of reformation for the individual without placing undue risk on the community. We need to have the resources to rehabilitate those persons that can be and provide them with the means to lead productive lives when returned to society instead of booting them out the gates of prisons with $24 and no where to go and no one to lean on. The judges also need to place those individuals that present as career criminals in prison for the duration of their lives, and those most heinous of criminals need to be executed.
In the corrections system we need to revamp the system from top to bottom. In the juvenile arena we need to demand that those detained are educated and mentored. We need to work with schools and business to provide futures for these minors before they are lost. We need to make sure that they have a support system when they are released and that they are monitored. And there should be no negativity if these same individuals can be placed in the military services or the Peace Corps or job corps to help make the transition from child to adult. In my opinion these options should be used more to help get these minors on their feet. In the adult system, some of the same things need to be adopted. If someone comes into the system with an addiction then it needs to be treated. If they come in without an education they need to be educated. If they come in without a skill then they need to learn one. And again upon their release they need to be supported and monitored completely to insure that they don’t return to the penal system. It should also be part of the condition of their release that they give back to the community in some way. And as a society we need to allow the persons that are successful to be members of the community without any bias or discrimination.